Five Classic Items Every Girl Needs In Her Work Wardrobe

Hi there, friends! If there’s one type of post request that I consistently receive from you guys, it’s workwear posts! I’m trying my best to provide y’all with more help in this department. Last year, I shared where I like to buy affordable workwear pieces and five Winter workwear must-have’s! I also shared this post highlighting 25 workwear pieces that would be great for the Spring season. Since you guys loved those posts last year, I thought I’d bring you another workwear post. You expressed how hard it is to create a work wardrobe you’re proud of so, I thought I’d share the five classic workwear pieces every gal should have in her wardrobe, specifically for Spring. However, I do feel like quite a few of these pieces could work for other times of year!

Lightweight Sweater

Lightweight sweaters are definitely a great option for the workplace during the end of Winter and early Spring season. My top pick for this category is the J.Crew Tippi Sweater in my wardrobe, which I’ve had for years now. Remember this post from 2017? It’s a classic in my wardrobe. The style of it has somewhat changed in that it’s long sleeved now instead of 3/4-inch sleeve. However, it has stayed the same in that it literally still goes with anything you could want to wear to work on any given day. Pair it with a pencil skirt or work pants and you are still going to look put together and chic. I have been styling the J.Crew Cameron Crop Pants like crazy so I thought I’d give those a rest, although they’d pair perfectly with this top, and give you a hint as to how it could work with lighter fabrics. This skirt is a cotton and linen blend that would be a great option for the office in the late Spring and Summer season if you live in cooler climates [maybe where it’s cool in the morning but warm during the day]. It’d also work with heavier fabrics like wool blend pants in the dead of Winter! Most of you have pretty cold Spring seasons and, if that’s the case, I’d personally throw the J.Crew lady coat over this [in the beige, black or redwood color] to complete the look. Made of merino wool, this sweater will keep you warm but also make you look nice and professional amongst your peers in the office.

A blazer


Blazers really elevate a work outfit, in my opinion! They look amazing over straight leg or cropped work pants, fitted dresses, and pencil skirts. I haven’t styled many for you guys so I’ll do my best to do a better job at that this year  because I really do love them! They’re an obvious staple and classic in the workplace! My absolute favorite blazer is this one from J.Crew but I always find really cute ones that look similar at H&M. I was just perusing their site and I think this one is ultra chic for Spring and under $35! I also have this blazer, which is under $100, in black and white!

Lightweight Blouse with Feminine Detail

Lightweight blouses are a workwear staple, most especially in the Spring. Personally, I think adding a feminine detail to a classic style can add a sophisticated edge to your outfit this time of year! Whether it’s a bow-neck tie or puff sleeves, play around and see what suits your style. Here are a few blouses that have caught my eye as I’ve been shopping around to fill this gap in my personal wardrobe! When I purchase something I really like, I’ll be sure to share it with you guys on stories!

white culotte pants
shop this look in this IG roundup!

Wide Leg or Cropped Pants

In my opinion, wide leg and cropped pants are the most sophisticated styles to sport in the workplace. With wide leg pants, I typically sport culottes but I know many prefer longer pants so I linked a couple of pairs below that are stunning. My favorite cropped pants at the moment are these from J.Crew. They are such good quality and fit so good! I recommend sticking with lighter colors for Spring.

SALE ALERT: Right now, EXPRESS is offering a really good deal on work pants – buy one, get one for $19.90! That’s insane. I styled a few of their workwear pieces in this post and, last month, in this post.

STYLING TIP: With wide leg pants, wear something more form fitting on the top, especially if they are ‘paper bag pants’ [like these]. With cropped pants that are more form fitting, you can wear something looser on the top without creating an uneven balance throughout.

details on this outfit can be found here

Pencil or Midi Skirt

Midi skirts are having a major moment right now, specifically satin slip and pleated styles. They are ultra chic and look amazing with chunky knit sweater during the colder Spring months. I’ve never been a huge fan of pencil skirts because they’ve never fit me appropriately but I do think that most gals look amazing in them. I have found quite a few cute Spring skirts that would contribute beautifully to your work wardrobe, if you’re in the market for new work pieces. I have certainly been on the lookout for these types of pieces lately so here is what has caught my eye:

Alright, that does it! All of these classic pieces can work together to create countless work looks, which is what you want when you’re creating a work wardrobe. What do you think about this list? Would you add any new ones? Would love to have y’all weigh in in the comments below! xo.


Editor's Notes



  1. Rach wrote:

    These are all great outfits! I especially love the skirt in your first outfit!

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  2. pam wrote:

    such great modern workwear ideas.

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  3. Keara Connors wrote:

    Love this 💞 I have been looking to feel inspired to “dress for success”. Thank you!!

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  4. Darianne wrote:

    My style has these days is inspired by a secretarial, librarian look. I love the items you chose and the color scheme. My favorite is a midi skirt and feminine blouse. I love a pretty dress too. I think it depends on the type of environment the person works in but this post fabulous all the way through and you’re look lovely in everything, Alyson. x

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